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Old 02-02-2007, 09:40 AM   #1
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Question Getting Out Spaghetti Sauce Stains?

Last night at dinner, Sofie ended up with as much sauce on her as in her (boy, will she love finger paints someday)! I pretreaded her top and then soaked it overnight in a bucket of water with color-safe powdered bleach. I ran it through the wash this morning and luckily thought to look at it before I tossed it in the dryer--the stains are faint but still there. Those two tricks always work for me, but not this time! Any suggestions on what I can try next?

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Old 02-02-2007, 09:59 AM   #2
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I do just as you do, with one difference, after spraying on the pretreatment, I get the garment wet with cold water spray again, then take a toothbrush, wet it, get some soap granuels on it and scrub the spot.Plus I cross my fingers I find tomatoe based stains the very worst..If you haven't put the garment into a dry, I'd pre spot it again and scrub it a litttle and see what happens.

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Old 02-02-2007, 10:17 AM   #3
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Have you tried using a bit of Dawn dishsoap and a toothbrush on it yet? That usually works for almost any stain for me. It even gets the heavy black grease (from the 5-wheel on his rig) out of my hubby's shirts.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:29 AM   #4
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Thanks, Kads and Shunka. Kads, I had done what you suggested and pre-treated again--I'll go up and try the toothbrush and finger-crossing! I'll run it through with another load this afternoon and if that doesn't work break out the Dawn.

Now, I have to run as Sofie just ran by me with a bottle of bbq sauce and is headed to the living room!
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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Hopefully your stain is history. I find that 100% cotton fabric will hold a stain. The cotton/polyester blends usually wash clean.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:19 AM   #6
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One day I wore a beautiful brand new white cotton blouse, with lace insets up the front, to Red Lobster. I ordered an appetizer of Calamari, and with the first bite, I slopped a blob of marinara sauce right on the front, where it shows most.
I tried everything I could think of, but that durned spot never did come all the way out.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:38 AM   #7
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If it's still there, try soaking it in Biz.

If she's still got the stain, here's a trick I used on my second toddler, who was a bit more messy than the first one: tie dye the shirt! (after a while we had about a half dozen tie dyed shirts!)
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:47 AM   #8
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PA, just got a tip from my sister. Use powdered dishwasher detergent and make a little paste. Rub that on and let it sit for a short time before you toss it in the washer. Worked for her.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:50 AM   #9
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PA, just got a tip from my sister. Use powdered dishwasher detergent and make a little paste. Rub that on and let it sit for a short time before you toss it in the washer. Worked for her.
I endorse this method, too. Found it works on really tough stains.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:44 PM   #10
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I usually use a pre-stain fabric stray and leave it on for at least 5 minutes before I wash out the clothes. I find Spray And Wash as a great laundry stain remover.
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